Education and research

Severn Hospice does more than directly care for families in Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and Mid Wales living with an incurable illness. We provide training, education and enablement for others to deliver palliative care too.

We are a centre of excellence for palliative care and we are proud to share our knowledge, experience, research and insights with the wider healthcare network.

Our education department’s mission is to be recognised as an outstanding centre for palliative and end-of-life care education and training.

Whether you are seeking additional qualifications, refreshing your training or maintaining CPD points, our education team can help.

We provide a full programme of tailored training throughout the year – downloadable below – all available at our fully-equipped learning environments in Telford and Shrewsbury.

Our trainers can come to you if preferred and our lecture rooms are available if you are seeking a venue to host a suitable course of your own.

Our space suits groups of 10 to 40, depending on the layout required, and our training course include excellent in-house catering.

To attend a course in our prospectus, please visit Our Courses page to reserve your place. Any payments required help fund both the training and our caring services.

We can also help if you are interested in gaining experience of palliative care or working at Severn Hospice as part of a training rotation, please contact the education department on 01743 236565.

As a nationally recognised leader in palliative care provision we are also regular contributors to peer conferences and seminars, sharing and discussing our own research and learning.

Our trainers

Professor Derek Willis (Dip Clin Ed)

Trained in medical education at Newcastle University. He held a Clinical Teaching Fellow post at University Hospital of North Durham for two years. He has also been responsible for co writing the Graduate Entry Medical Course at Birmingham University as well as holding Honorary lectureships at Birmingham GP department and in the GP Department at the University of Auckland New Zealand. He is currently on the Association of Palliative Medicine’s Education Committee. He is Professor of palliative medicine at the University of Chester.

Eirian Thomas RGN, PGCE, Msc in Health Sciences

Eirian is a nurse by background and has spent the last 23 years working in the community as a Specialist Palliative Care nurse both in the North, Mid Wales and Shropshire. Eirian is bilingual with Welsh being her first language. Eirian gained her masters in health sciences at Birmingham University. For many years she has enjoyed the role of educator both informally and formally. Eirian joined the education department February 2020 and is looking forward to developing further courses in the next few years. Eirian has an interest in non-cancer palliative and end of life care, along with developing access for education/training for all staff and self-care for staff.

Find us

Full addresses, map and directions to our Shrewsbury and Telford sites can be found by clicking here.


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